by Lissa Poirot
Located steps across the street from Universal Studios Hollywood and City Walk and just miles from Hollywood, this 482-room Hilton is a great choice for families visiting Hollywood and L.A.’s theme parks. The high-ride hotel provides 18-degree views of Los Angeles, Hollywood Hills, Pasadena and “the Valley,” but also a peaceful, tucked away setting for families. The oasis-style pool area with cabanas and lounge chairs and another outdoor patio area provide peaceful places to relax, and inside, families can enjoy buffet or a la carte dining, grab some snacks and ice cream, or sit back in the comfort of oversized rooms and await room service. That is, of course, when not walking over to Universal to enjoy the attractions, shopping and dining.
Our Editor Loves
- Adjacent to Universal Studios
- Oasis-style swimming pool
- One- and two-bedroom suites
- Theme Park
- Onsite Dining
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Four hundred and 82 guestrooms and suites are available at Hilton Universal City. All rooms feature 32-inch flat-screen TVs, refrigerator and coffeemakers, and provide high-speed wireless Internet access for a small fee.
Traditional guestrooms feature one king or two double beds with armchair and ottoman; king alcove corner rooms.
Suites are available in one- or two-bedroom configurations and include a sofa seating area.
Executive rooms include a sitting area and continental breakfast at Cafe Sierra.
by Janet C
We stayed here for 2 nights recently. The hotel is a 10 minute walk to Universal Studios. They also provide a free shuttle service to the park. Our room was on the second floor and overlooked the beautiful pool area. The pool area was lovely and had a fire pit going if you wanted to sit by the fire and there were tables, chairs and plenty of towels. We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant one night and the meal was really good as was the buffet breakfast. There was so much food to choose from both hot & cold. We really enjoyed staying here.
Rooms were very clean, comfortable and room service was outstanding. Location was convenient to the attractions we wanted to visit. Only complaint was the price for hotel guest to park our cars daily and having to valet your car during check-in and check-out.
The palm-tree landscaped pool setting provides an oasis from the bustling crowds at Universal Studios. Plenty of lounge chairs, umbrellas and cabanas are available first-come, first-serve, and lunch and snacks are provided from the poolside bar.
The hotel provides a direct walkway to Universal's City Walk and Universal Studios Hollywood. A special Universal concierge provides advanced and discounted tickets to the attractions.
The casual cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Kids 3 to 10 can enjoy the complete breakfast buffet at $18 or the continental breakfast buffet at $12, or order a la carte. Sunset dinners and Sunday brunch is also available.
Grab pastries, snacks and ice cream at this small shop, open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sierra Pool Bar
Offering burgers, wraps, chicken sandwiches and snacks, the poolside bar serves guests at pool lounge chairs, cabanas or a patio area.
Order from room service to have meals delivered to this private, outdoor patio. You may also purchase picnic baskets to take to events like the Hollywood Bowl's special outdoor movies and concerts.
Coal Cellar and Grill
Light snacks and drinks are enjoyed in the lobby atrium, with daily, family-friendly happy hours with complimentary hors d'ouerves. Live piano music is played each evening.
Room service is available 24/7.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi access is available in all guest rooms for a small fee.
Pets with a maximum weight of 75 pounds are permitted to stay at the hotel.
The on-site fitness center allows you to keep up with workouts.
Hilton Universal City is also located 30 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. Enterprise Rental Cars can also be picked up at the hotel through an exclusive Room Vroom Package.
The hotel is blocks away from the Los Angeles subway, a clean and under-utilized subway system that is connected to Hollywood and it's attractions in just one stop. The hotel is also located on the Starline Tours route, making for easier travel to various Los Angeles attractions. Self parking and valet parking are available.
For Mom and Dad
The hotel offers "front of the line" pass packages for Universal Studios Hollywood, which provide priority access to rides and shows and a complimentary shuttle to the park.